Hi Pheebee, Welcome to EBN to you and Dozer. Can't wait for you to share pictures of your new baby. Congratulations.
I also have a make named Bulldozer, we call him Dozer for short and we have his sister and litter mate Blossom. They are both 4 1/2 years old. Whereabouts inCanada are you from? I live in Burlington, Ontario. I also did a lot of research on dogfood and Nutrition when I first got my babies, I knew that the kibble (Royal Canin) that the breeder was feeding them wasn't the best of foods, so I switched them to Go Natural but they were both allergic to chicken, so I switched them to Fromms. My female Blossom is still on Fromms, but Dozer has many protein allergies and develops allergies to them over time. He was on Fromms beef for two years before he developed an allergy to that one, and then he was on Fromms Lamb and Lentil for 9 months before he started having symptoms again. Out of desperation I put him on a Vegan kibble to detoxify him of all proteins and then introduced what they call Novel Protiens, which are ones that they have never had, such as Rabbit, or Kangaroo, he didn't tolerate these either, so I continued to feed him the Vegan kibble but added non animal proteins like kidney beans, Lentils, and eggs. Then I tried him on Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Venison, which he so far tolerates. I rotate his foods every two weeks from the vegan kibble to the Venison and now I also give him raw. The brand I buy is Pure Pork. I'm hoping by switching him, he won't develop an allergy to the Protiens. I'm no expert on this, I've just done research, experimenting with is diet and what he tolerates and lots of trial and error. I agree with you that there are lots of pros and cons to kibble, but there are also many good quality kibble out there as well. If you choose a 4 to 6 Star kibble such as Fromms, Wellness, Arcana, Orijen, Blue Buffalo, or any of the other brands listed on the DogFood Ratings Page, you can't go wrong. Every dog is different in what they tolerate and even like, and there is no right or wrong way to feed your dog, whether it be kibble, raw or home cooked as long as you choose a good quality food.
Here is a picture of my guys Dozer and Blossom: